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    Following its November 2009 retrospective/proactive report, AV-Comparatives has released its December 2009 Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) comparative. PUA refers to adware, spyware, rogue, and other fraudulent software circulating on the Internet that are not typical malware (classification in the last category is sometimes not an easy task; under some circumstances, PUAs are accepted in some countries, depending on the cultural background or the legal system, and hence the term "potentially unwanted"). AV-Comparatives typically do not include PUAs in their malware test sets, but since users may want to know how well their antivirus program detects potentially unwanted software, a separate test was created.
    The first PUA test contained 750,297 individual samples (only program executables) that cover mainly adware, spyware, and rogue software gathered between January 2009 and October 2009 (sets were frozen on the October 29, 2009). Dialers, potentially dangerous tools, and other greyware were not included, as their classification is debatable. Not all security products include detection for them as this sometimes breaks company policy. Sixteen products were updated on November 6, 2009, set on the highest detection settings (except for Sophos and F-Secure, per their own request), and put to the test.
    Here are the results of this particular test:

    1. G DATA Antivirus 2010: 99.8 percent
    2. Trustport Antivirus 2010: 99.8 percent
    3. AVIRA AntiVir Premium 9.0: 98.9 percent
    4. McAfee VirusScan Plus 2010: 98.9 percent
    5. BitDefender Antivirus 2010: 98.6 percent
    6. eScan AntiVirus 10.0: 98.6 percent
    7. F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010: 98.6 percent
    8. Symantec Norton Antivirus 2010: 98.6 percent
    9. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010: 96.7 percent
    10. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0: 96.5 percent
    11. avast! Free 5.0: 96.3 percent
    12. Sophos Antivirus 9.0.1: 95.4 percent
    13. Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0: 94.6 percent
    14. AVG Anti-Virus 9.0: 93.9 percent
    15. Norman Antivirus & Anti-Spyware 7.30: 88.5 percent
    16. Kingsoft AntiVirus 9 Plus: 87.1 percent


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    I would rate BitDefender Internet Security the best at detection, it did pretty well with PUAs as well!I also appreciate G-data made it to the top!

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    I have found a list of ten best antivirus software, and bitdefender seems to be on the second place after Kaspersky on the first place. I like bitdefender too

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    What I find really maddening about finding "the best" antivirus program is the fact that when scouring the googles for a ranking of these programs one finds a bunch of different charts, none of which agree with one another. A lot of the big names are there, but the order in which one sees them is very different depending on who you ask. All I want is a minimally intrusive, yet effective antivirus that'll keep my computer "healthy". Is there a definitive, trustworthy source of such a ranking out there?

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    Seeing as BitDefender has now sunk so low as to hire spammers, that's at least one you can strike from your list.

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    I'm thinking of going with Kapersky for this round. Renowned, active, light on resources, simple interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    I'm thinking of going with Kapersky for this round. Renowned, active, light on resources, simple interface.

    Not to mention all the false positives that plauge the software LOL

    ESET is the only way to go IMO, if your buying or MSE if your looking for a free version

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    I use PCTools Spyware Doctor with anit virus. great AV.

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    Well I might cheap out and go with Avast! instead.........anyone got thoughts on that?

    And I'm staying away from MSE, not going there so don't bother recommending it.


    Speaking of which.......instead of just an AV program, anyone have thoughts on getting a security suite instead? Pros, cons, etc? Cost is not an issue. I'm interested in functionality, usage, effectiveness, etc.

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    Kaspersky has the bad habit of interfering with a few things. I haven't played any FEAR Combat ever since I installed Kaspersky because it refuses to let me play it. It's a good program, but I miss demolishing people in that game. Not to mention that every now and then they do something retarded like block the BBC homepage, or block the Thermalright page, etc.

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    ESET Jake it's worth every penny. Trust you will like it load the trial and see, I use the security sweet.

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    I'm gonna give Avast Internet Security a test drive.

    On a side note, I have traditionally been an enemy of Norton for its bloated crapware. However, from every single review I've read across the board, they have all said that Norton 2010 is the best out there, no longer bloatware and intrusive. Objective testing agencies with nothing to gain have even showed their objective tests have placed Norton at the top of the heap. It sounds tempting...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    And I'm staying away from MSE, not going there so don't bother recommending it.
    MS makes the OS.. I feel if anyone would know how to make a Anti-Virus Program work within their code it would be them.

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    Ya I know, I won't argue that. But it's not that. Long story, but I had a bad experience with MSE and I'm not going there again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    Ya I know, I won't argue that. But it's not that. Long story, but I had a bad experience with MSE and I'm not going there again.

    I know where your coming from and good plan.

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    Was it a bootleg OS or something?

    I know MSE does a check when you install it.

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